In this short blog, Michelle Nicholson presents some ideas to do with your class on National Poetry Day, which takes the theme of ‘freedom’ this year.
Another new school year, another assessment framework – but just how different is it? Kirsten Snook succinctly maps where things have gone, stayed the same or been subtly changed, following the government’s consultation with schools. Click on the links for an extremely helpful shortcut to an outline of the new expectations.
Martin Galway outlines his presentation at this year’s researchEd conference on primary grammar and the transition to key stage 3.
In the first of a two part blog, Martin Galway shares his thoughts on presenting a pair of workshops (one on grammar and, here, a late-notice addition on reading comprehension) at this year’s researchED conference.
With the launch of yet another new system for assessing writing, Penny Slater reflects on how to ensure that children’s writing tasks remain purposeful and meaningful at times of change.
In this blog, Kathy Roe (Primary English Adviser) explores some of the challenges facing a Newly Qualified Teacher at the start of their first year and offers some guidance and supportive advice.
We are pleased to welcome a guest blog from one of our Early Years colleagues:
Rose Blair, Early Years Adviser and course trainer for ‘Funky Phonics’, shares the concept and principles behind the new HfL phonic resource ‘Supersonic Phonics’. Drawing on themes that are threaded throughout the resource, she shares some top tips to help practitioners create lively and exciting phonics sessions for all of their children. Engaging children in phonic activities will have a hugely positive impact on their learning of these all-important early literacy skills.
Martin Galway shares some of the wonderful work carried out by the pupils and staff at Hare Street Primary School, Harlow, inspired by the Take One Book training and approaches offered by the HfL English team.
Kirsten Snook, English Adviser and course trainer for ‘Becoming a Highly Effective Subject Leader’, reflects on what makes the biggest differences to increasingly busy subject leaders and with increasingly tight budgets. Drawing on feedback from course delegates, she outlines some top tips that have helped them this year to really see the fruits of their labours.